Friday, February 14, 2014

Friday Five - Snow Day

Well yesterday certainly wasn't our first snow day this year, and according to the forecast it won't be our last.  However, it was definitely memorable and despite a few meltdowns, it was a really great day!



As I mentioned in Kenley's monthly updates, we really haven't been pushing the bottle.  She had one, her first, on Christmas day (approx 4 wks) and after some struggle and tears finally took it.  A few weeks later, I kept a pumping session fresh for dad to give.  She wasn't having it, and when she cries, he cries. Not literally, but he whines like a baby that it's not working and doesn't have the patience to keep at it. Which I don't either since I usually am just shaking to swoop in to give her what she really wants.  At the same time, I'll be damned if that pumped milk is going down the drain!  After nursing to quell the hunger, she finally accepted the bottle.  This happened one other time, about a week later.

It's been a few weeks since trying, it's pretty discouraging to fight the tears when it's so easy and accessible, meaning I'm accessible as a stay at home mom, to give her the real deal. Yesterday morning she took a 4 hour nap from about 8-12.  I had to pump during that time and while I usually would have froze it, I figured I'd give another bottle a shot.

When I attended the Philly Mom Mixer blogger event back in November, Tommee Tippee included their infant feeding bottle in the event swag bag.  I had almost forgot all about it until I saw it sitting in the sun room when I made my heart garland earlier in the month.  I sterilized it and figured I'd try about 2oz, so not to waste the whole pumping session if it was a big ass fail.



It took her some time, but never any tears, and she finally got it!  She took down all 2 oz and I filled it back up and gave her the rest.  We used our Tommee Tippee bib with the milk catcher collar.  Seriously, the most genius feature for all the dribble that comes along with bottle feeding! I always thought about getting one of these for Ashlynn, and now I wished I did.  Plus, I totally prefer a terry or muslin bib vs standard cotton for the absorbency factor.  I'm definitely going to try keeping up with giving her a bottle more often, especially now that we finally found the one!

The Husband got a snow day and was thankfully home, however he was still working the morning away.  So while K took her marathon morning nap,  A and I played with her Valentine's gifts. Mr. Potato Head (currently 50% off!) and her bath tub tea set, girlfriend loves her tea time!




(always with the cups on her feet!)


I also decided it was time again to rearrange the playroom.  I like moving things around every few weeks to help keep the room fresh for her.  Sometimes she rediscovers a toy she previously cast off or lost interest in, and gets back into playing it.



This was the aftermath.


Play dough!  Ashlynn and I made our second batch and actually had someone around to take pictures!  Expect the recipe coming next week.



Also expect some instagrams of Ashlynn making some red and purple play dough hearts for Valentine's day later today.



Back to the fluffy cold white stuff.  There is lots of it.  Easily over a foot.  When you look out our first floor windows it almost looks like they are level with it.  I feel like we need an over/under on when it'll actually melt away.


The plow usually makes 4 passes on our street to clear it, yesterday it took 10!

...And don't feel too bad for him, he made the mail box his makeshift coaster. Shoveling wasn't counted in hours, but beers. 

So, true story.  This is my hair au naturel.


No brushing, no dryer, no nothing.  Well, aside from the fact I washed it Tuesday.  I haven't let my hair air dry since the morning before my water broke with Ashlynn.  I remember I stayed home from work that day and thought, meh, eff trying to straighten it - a good 20 minute process.  I remember thinking that morning, it'd probably be the last time I could do that, because I wanted to have my hair straightened just in case I went into labor... Murphy's Law and so much for vanity.  I have always hated my natural hair.  It's not quite full on curly girl and its definitely very frizzy, especially during the summer.  And it's super thick.  I've never quite learned the right way to tame it, and I've tried endless amounts of products.  I have to say, I don't quite hate it, but it definitely is due for a cut.  I haven't had it cut since January, last year!!  Thankfully, that streak will be ending next Thursday, whew!



Oh, and finally - Happy Valentine's Day, Friends!  Thank you so much for all the love you send our way throughout the year.  It keeps our hearts warm.




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Tommee Tippee was kind enough to provide the feeding bib shown for my review and the bottle was received as an event gift.   All opinions expressed are honest and solely my own.   

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20 comments:

  1. Happy Valentines Day, what sweet sisters they are!
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  2. Happy Valentines Day! My husband also was home yesterday because of the snow but had to work too. I think it's harder because Noah wants to play with him but he couldn't. It sounds bad but if he has to work I want him out of the house ;)

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  3. oh yeah! I've been having my hair thinned out since I was a teen, its crazy. Though I try not to complain too much since both my parents have full heads of hair and hopefully I will too at their age! I'm hoping to finally get a keratin treatment when I finish breastfeeding next year. Its the frizz that kills me, and probably why it wasn't so bad this week considering it's so dry my knuckles are cracked and bleeding. Give and take, right?? Happy V-day to you and Hudson!

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  4. Haha, it is hard to tear the littles away. Though I won't lie, it's nice having extra eyes so I can shower :)

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  5. Eek! Kenley taking a bottle is a game changer if you ever need to escape for more than like an hour (like when the snow goes away. I can't believe how much you guys have. INSANE). And me potato head is one if lex's fav toys. So random- yet so fun! I have opposite hair problems- I need the height and fullness from blow drying!

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  6. Grass is always greener when it comes to hair! And seriously about leaving! I stopped giving A bottles around 5months and never left her side basically until she was weaned. Not totally true, but everything was based around her schedule. Will be nice to go places and leave a bottle if necessary... you know, like maybe on a date!

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  7. The mail box was his coaster. Perfect.

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  8. It took so long for us to find a bottle that Baby Benna would take! The Philips Avent bottles are ah-mah-zing! She still refuses to take a bottle when I am around but these have helped a lot.

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  9. I think that bib looks amazing. I know Ellie is getting older but I am going to have to get myself a pack of those since we are planning to adopt again!! So glad that K is finally starting to take the bottle.

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  10. I remember Owen's first bottle so clearly. He like it but I remember it taking a long long time for him to drink it. I love your natural hair! Reminds me of beachy waves! My very best friend since high school has super curly hair and she always complains how hard it is to tame and de-frize, so I understand your feelings!

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  11. Happy super belated Valentine's Day! I'm glad K found a bottle she likes, it is really nice to have that option. We have similar hair - thick, wavy curls, frizz. Takes me forever to get it to cooperate, and I rarely have the time so it is just a big ol' pain. Sympathy hugs. yippy for a hair cut though!

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  12. Super random that I noticed that out of the pictures, but love how you hung your Valentine's Day cards on the wall! It's like Christmas cards but for a different holiday. Hope you guys had a great V-day!

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  13. Good eye! I'll be sharing about that tomorrow ;)

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  14. Yes, we never left at night when A was nursing because I was too afraid she'd cry endlessly for a sitter if they couldn't give her milk. It'll be a nice change to have the option this time around.

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  15. Congrats on the bottle! Definitely peace of mind, we never took date nights when I was nursing my first, so this will be a welcome change!

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  16. It's funny the things you see and mentally bookmark for the second time around. There weren't 'woombies' when I had A, but after seeing Veronika use them I was totally planning on getting them for K if the swaddles I had weren't going to work.

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  17. That's great that you found the one! It's so funny how every baby has a preference for a different type!

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  18. Yay for finding the right bottle! I had it in my head that I wanted to use glass bottles, so we stocked up on the glass Dr. Brown's & thankfully Sadie wasn't picky and was happy enough with those that we didn't have to try anything else! I'm totally jealous of your snow...that's one thing I really miss from growing up in central PA! We've gotten a few ice storms and dustings down here in TX...just enough to cause mass hysteria but not enough to have real fun in! Also loving Ashlynn's little tea parties & can't wait for your play dough recipe...we'll be making it for sure! P.S. I'll trade my stick straight super fine hair for your thick waves any day! ;-)

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  19. i see our valentine! yay! also um your hair is beautiful natural! i would rock it every. single. day. gorg!

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  20. ;) and thank as, though the dry conditions are working in my favor. It grows when humidity comes into play. I call it the lions mane.. grass is always greener

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